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Britten's Ceremon of Carols- Language

Is Britten's Ceremony of Carols supposed to be sung in the Old English or German? We are singing the Wolcom Yole! and have been singing it in the language below. Is this incorrect?
on December 11, 2013 2:03pm
The Old English. The German version was presumably added for German choirs who want to sing it in their native tongue. Some editions I think have some hints for pronouncing the Old English (which may actually be Middle English) at the back.
 
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Steve
on December 11, 2013 3:13pm
There's no German in the Ceremony of Carols, and no Old English. Britten set a selection of verses in English of various periods, and the "odd"-looking ones are Middle English, Early Modern English and Middle Scots. Performances under Britten's direction used those words.
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